Port Gamble S’Klallam: Assessing Polluted Areas of the Reservation, Old Mill Site

The Kitsap Sun reported on The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s partnership with U. S. Environmental Protection Agency to start environmental assessments of the tribe’s reservation and Port Gamble Bay vicinity.

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe will soon begin a search for contaminated areas surrounding Port Gamble Bay, thanks to $617,000 in federal grants.

It is a major undertaking, which will take a close look at tribal lands, the old Port Gamble townsite and mill site, as well as other properties where contamination is suspected and owners are willing to provide access.

“The first step,” said Jessica Coyle, the tribe’s program manager, “is to do an assessment of the reservation and the area around the reservation. We’ll be looking at the history of the area and taking soil and groundwater samples as needed.”